11 Impressive Benefits of Drinking Kombucha Tea

Health benefits of kombucha tea range from aiding digestion, facilitating detoxification, reducing arthritis pain, to lowering cholesterol levels. It also aids in restoring bowel movements and providing relief from gastric ulcers. Antioxidant-rich kombucha possesses anti-microbial properties and assists in curing conditions such as cancer and diabetes and contributes productively to maintaining cellular health and strong immune defense of the body.

What is Kombucha Tea?

Kombucha tea is a refreshing beverage obtained by the fermentation of sweetened tea with a symbiotic association of acetic acid, bacteria, and specific yeast cultures. Originated from northeast China centuries back, this miraculous fungus has been valued for its unique, refreshing taste and impressive range of medicinal benefits. It is famously known as the ‘Immortal Health Elixir’ in ancient Chinese literature.

While sometimes referred as kombucha mushroom, there is no mushroom associated with kombucha. The live yeast present in the kombucha beverage provides it an active life which carries on even after transferring it into the storage containers. The kombucha culture includes Candida stellata, Zygosaccharomyces baili, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Torulaspora delbrueckii, and Schizosaccharomyces pombe yeasts. It has various flavors depending on the choice of black or green tea and tastes somewhere in the middle of apple cider and champagne. After being a significant part of Chinese folk medicine, kombucha’s word eventually reached Russia, Germany, and Europe and recently it has been gaining a lot of popularity around the globe attributing to its amazing therapeutic qualities.

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Kombucha Nutrition Facts

Kombucha enfolds a range of yeast and bacterial species with polyphenols, amino acids, and organic acids. Post the completion of required fermentation process, kombucha drink develops into a nutritional powerhouse with the richness of various minerals, numerous beneficial enzymes, a range of vitamins such as vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, C, and many healthful chemical constituents such as gluconic acid, oxalic acid, acetic acid, glucuronic acid, usnic acid, fructose, and lactic acid.

Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea

Kombucha possesses antibiotic properties i.e. bacteriocidal and bacteriostatic which works against a range of pathogens and is used for therapeutic purposes in human as well as veterinary treatments.

Detoxifies the Body

Kombucha possesses a remarkable ability to detoxify the body. It contains a powerful detoxifier glucuronic acid which binds the toxins by entering the liver and eliminates them out of the body via kidneys. This helps in reducing the burden on the pancreas and keeps the liver healthy. Furthermore, it prevents the harmful effects of pollution caused by the petroleum products along with plastics, pesticides, resins, and heavy metals.

Antioxidant Agent

Kombucha contains profuse amounts of organic acids like glucuronic acid and powerful antioxidants which help in shielding the body from oxidative damage. The antioxidants present in it look out for the oxygen free radicals and neutralize their effects thereby, repairing and protecting the body from diseases and inflammations.

Hepato-protective Qualities

Another healing action exerted by kombucha is its hepatic-protective effects. A research study conducted on kombucha has shown that its tea helps in restoring the levels of glutathione and is remarkably effectual in reducing the induced hepatotoxicity. A comparative study conducted on black tea, kombucha tea, and enzyme-processed black tea has proven the efficacy and superiority of kombucha tea in providing hepatic protection against the toxicity attributing to its antioxidant power as compared to the latter.

Prevents & Treats Cancer

Kombucha works wonderfully in restraining the growth of cancer. Studies have shown that glucaric acid present in it is quite effective in the prevention of various types of cancer including pancreatic and breast cancer. As stated earlier, the detoxification qualities of the kombucha drink also contribute profitably to the prevention and treatment of different cancers.

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Has Anti-microbial Effects

Kombucha tea has anti-microbial properties which may prove effective against a variety of pathogens. An investigative research has revealed that apart from acetic acid, it contains other anti-microbial components which even at neutral values of pH provide protection against a range of microorganisms including Staphylococcus aureaus, Staphylococcus epidermis, Escherichia Coli, Salmonella enteriditis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogens, and Helicobacter pylori.

Controls Diabetes

Kombucha is valued for its effectiveness in curing diabetes. It is a natural therapeutic agent which helps in suppressing the factors implicated in diabetic conditions. A comparative study involving black tea and kombucha has revealed that kombucha has better inhibiting properties as compared to black tea and aids in a superior deterrence of the elevated blood glucose levels. The study has also suggested that kombucha tea exerts healing action on the pancreas of the diabetic individuals and helps in guarding their liver and kidney functions by reducing the concentration of urea and other unfavorable activities occurring in the plasma membrane.

Relieves Arthritis Pain

Kombucha contains glucosamines which are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of all types of arthritis. Glucosamine present in it stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid which helps in the maintenance of cartilage structure and provides relief from the pain associated with arthritis. Hyaluronic acid aids in reducing the free radical damage, lubrication, and elasticity of the joints by empowering the connective tissue to bind the moisture.

Maintains Cholesterol Level

Another superb benefit offered by kombucha tea is the maintenance of healthy levels of cholesterol. Research studies have provided qualitative evidence regarding the anti-lipidemic properties of kombucha which help in reducing the absorption of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and elevating the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in the body.

Heals Gastric Ulcers

Kombucha provides relief from discomfort caused by gastric ulcerations. Studies conducted in this field have revealed that antioxidants and phenols present in its tea help in protecting the mucin content in the gastric tissues and decrease the secretion of excess gastric acids. The same study also suggested that the efficacy of kombucha tea in healing gastric ulcers is at par with the commercially available drug, omeprazole.

Improves Cellular health

Kombucha helps in maintaining cellular health which is vital for the healthy functioning of the body. A study performed on its tea has shown the protective effects against induced cytotoxicity and demonstrated positive results with respect to the factors implicated in the reduction of cellular toxins.

Improves Digestion

Kombucha promotes healthy digestion. Attributing to the process of fermentation with a live colony of bacteria and yeast, it works as a probiotic by helping in sustaining the gut health and provides relief from various abdominal disorders including chronic constipation and diarrhea symptoms. The digestive enzymes present in it enhance the effects of glucuronic acid and aid in the breakdown of proteins and saccharides thereby, making the digestive system more efficient.

Boosts Immunity

Kombucha is rich in numerous antioxidants that strengthen the immune defense and boost the energy levels of the body. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of kombucha help in fighting various bacterial and viral infections. A study conducted on kombucha tea has validated the fact that intake of this drink may help in boosting the immune system.

Other Uses

Apart from a plethora of health benefits mentioned above, kombucha culture can also be utilized to manufacture artificial leather.  

How to prepare Kombucha Tea?

Kombucha tea is prepared by mixing the colony of bacteria and yeast into sugar and tea, which is followed by fermentation in suitable and sterile conditions. The resultant fluid is a healthy beverage containing a wealth of vitamins, vinegar, and many powerful components.

Side Effects of Kombucha Tea

Although kombucha has been valued as a phenomenal healer, it can also cause allergic reactions including upset stomach and inflammations. Brewing of kombucha tea under non-sterile conditions can cause its contamination and spoilage which can be extremely harmful.

Ceramic pots for brewing: Usage of ceramic pots during the brewing process of the kombucha tea can raise the risk of lead poisoning. Kombucha tea, while brewing has the potential to elute lead from the glaze coating used in the ceramic pots making it unfit for consumption.

Gastrointestinal toxicity: Another side effect of Kombucha tea is gastrointestinal discomfort, which can cause the onset of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, jaundice, and headaches. 

Lactic acidosis: Consumption of kombucha tea can result in lactic acidosis in some individuals which can further lead to severe circumstances.

In case of any adverse symptoms or medical emergency, it is worthwhile to seek immediate medical attention to avoid any grave condition.

Finally, kombucha drink has a revitalizing effect which helps to retain the natural color of the hair, keep the skin firm and improve the feeling of overall health and vigor. Kombucha is an effective wound healer, helps in reducing the anxiety and stress levels in the body and keeps the mind energized. Prior to considering kombucha for therapeutic usage, it is always advisable to consult a medical professional to better understand its effects.

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can I change sugar with honey to make kombucha tea? I am a cancer patient and quite reluctant to tried kombucha cos sugar is cancer's food

Yes, look up Jun tea, it's similar but made with honey.

patrick simpson

Hi miki, it works better with sugar than honey. Nearly all of the sugar is converted during fermentation though such that the final product is very low in actual sugar.

on the acidic side????????? cancer doesn't grow in an alkaline environment but cancer cells love an acidic one! A typing error??

@Oana, although Kombucha itself is acidic, it increases the alkaline level of the bloodstream and body helping to make it the perfect 7.0 that it needs to be.
What typing error are you referring to?

Thanks Oana for highlighting

I believe it works like lemon "It's a citrus fruit. Inside the body however, when lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue (pH above 7 is alkaline)."

Just tried it for the first time. Opening it I could smell the vinegar, but the taste of it was lighter. It tastes strange, but I'll probably mix it with a Lil' bit of juice to fix that. My stomach is instantly reacting to the drink. Many noises, no pain haha. Other than what I've stated, not bad!

This is my first time drinking it.. The smell was a lot worst then the taste. The taste was surprisingly good.. Lol my stomach sounds like its a war going on in there. I hope that's a good thing.

I would love to try making the Kombucha, but prefer not using caffeinated teas like black and green teas. Do you have another suggestion?

You can use Rooibos tea

Good Food Is Medicine

I love brewing kombucha. I eat spare scoby's too because I can't give them away easily and they just keep on growing..I am thinking of running small workshops locally to get people into it.

I have always second brewed it with ginger and lime juice but I've just done one with some leftover dessert gooseberries [bought from a local farmer]..Yummy and it LOOKs so pretty. I am a Kombucha devotee. Drink it every day and when it brews a bit and fizzes.. it's better than a glass of champagne!

Tina Choudhry Khan - Although kombucha has been valued as a phenomenal healer, it can also cause allergic reactions including upset stomach and inflammations.

Tina Choudhry Khan

what are the side efects? and is it for everybody ?

Yes Gre'gory Thomas, the photo is of Chia Seed Kombucha

Gre'gory Thomas

It is CHIA SEED